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Addiction Articles

Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist
Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor

Articles on Addiction By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

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Understanding Cross Addiction To Prevent Relapse
by Peggy L. Ferguson Ph.D., LADC, LMFT
A simple guide for professional and the general information seeker.
This relapse prevention guide is specific to cross addiction issues.
It covers explanations of the nature of addiction
and cross addiction, provides examples of how cross addiction
leads to relapse, and includes a worksheet to assist in
relapse prevention.
PDF file format. $9.95

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Preventing Addiction Relapse:
Protecting Your Recovery In Post Surgery Pain Days

By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Since many recovering alcoholics and addicts relapse back into active addiction following surgery, it is crucial to approach surgery and its post-surgery pain days armed with knowledge about how to handle maintaining recovery and working with medical professionals to manage short term post-surgery pain.  This guide assists the recovering person in navigating these difficult times while preventing addiction relapse.  PDF Format $3.95

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Table of Contents

What is Alcoholism/Addiction

You Don't Have To Drink Everyday to be Alcoholic

Separating "Help" From "Hype": Not All Addiction and Recovery Resources Are Equal

The Relapse Process

Loss of Control of the Drinking

Addiction and Recovery:  Why Don't They Just Quit?

Common Myths About Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Drug Addiction – Understanding the Nature of Addiction to Understand Cross Addiction

Addiction and Recovery: Understanding The Difference Between Use, Abuse, and Addiction

Why Does An Alcoholic Drink Despite All The Problems Caused By It?

Transition Stage, Stabilization and Early Recovery Articles

New: Why the Recovering Addict Should Not Make Major Decisions in Early Recovery

Regaining Your Credibility in Recovery

Addiction and Recovery – Don’t Let Myths Keep You From Getting Sober

Addiction and Recovery – Do You Really Have To Hit Bottom To Recover?

Addiction and Recovery – What is Detox?

Addiction and Recovery: Top Ten Craving Management Tools That Alcoholic Addicts Should Use to Not Take the First Drink or Drug

Denial Enables Addiction to Persist Despite Obvious Negative Consequences of Drinking/Using

Standing at the Crossroads: Trying to Quit Using

Don't Let Grief Derail Your Transition Into Recovery

Quitting Pot – Establishing Abstinence in Early Recovery: 16 Tips to Help you Quit and Stay Quit

Cravings Don't Cause Relapse

Addiction and Recovery:  Take Action Now To Stop Drug Cravings

Early and Sustained Recovery Articles

New:  Befriending Middle Ground in Sustained Recovery

Quitting Smoking Pot:
Why You Have To Quit Hanging Out With Pot Smokers

How Does Suboxone Fit Into Recovery? 

Addiction and Recovery:  The Emotional Highs and Lows of Early Recovery

One More Tool for Early Recovery -- Structure

Denial Not So Easily Dismissed in Early Recovery

Define Your Concepts of Recovery

Preventing Relapse

Addiction and Recovery:  5 Tips to Prevent Cross Addiction Relapse

Addiction and Recovery:  Plan Your Vacation, Not Your Relapse

Addiction and Recovery: Do You Need Detox After Relapse?

Addiction Recovery - Maintain Your Recovery Motivation or You Will Relapse

Addiction Recovery Worksheets are on the Addiction Recovery Worksheets Page


Regaining Your Credibility:


How to Get Honest In Recovery


 By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Many people, while active in addiction, engage in deceptive, dishonest behavior, and diversionary tactics. These are part and parcel of addiction and the need to keep the extent of their problem hidden. It is difficult to juggle all the demands of being addicted with all the "normal" demands of living, plus hiding the addiction from others. Other people in an addict's life are affected by the addiction. Conflict is inevitable.

Performance in various areas of an addict's life begins to slip as the disease progresses. The addict feels compelled to do whatever is necessary to maintain the status quo, keep up appearances and/or keep going. Deception and dishonesty often become the norm rather than the exception.  To read the rest of the article, follow this link:  Regaining Your Credibility in Recovery

Why The Recovering Addict Should Not Make
Major Decisions In Early Recovery
Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Early recovery from addiction can be rough. Recovery brings about all manner ofchanges in a persons life. As an addict's body begins to detox he or she may she may experience detox symptoms, which could involve a wide range of possible symptoms,including physical, psychological, and emotional. The newly recovering addict will oftenexperience mood swings that make life seem like an emotional rollercoaster. 

Depression is common. Anxiety and fear are common. Mood swings from irritability to joy are equally common. This painfully sober person might cycle quickly from sadness,shame, and guilt to hope and joy about quitting. These mood swings can be quite troubling if they are unanticipated and misunderstood. To read the rest of the article, follow this link:  New: Why the Recovering Addict Should Not Make Major Decisions in Early Recovery

Separating "Help" From "Hype": 

Not All Addiction and Recovery

 Information Resources Are Equal

By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

There is so much "information" on the internet about addiction and recovery and unless you already have some knowledge about addiction and recovery, all resources may appear equal to you. This is not the case.

There are advertisements, articles, and blog posts about addiction recovery products and services that are pretty much equal to the latest snake oil products for losing weight without diet and exercise. If it seems too good to be true, it is. There are no magic pills, herbal supplements, or miraculous techniques that cure addiction. To read the rest of this article, follow this link:  Separating "Help" From "Hype": Not All Addiction and Recovery Resources Are Equal

Counseling and Twelve Step Groups:  Do I Need Both?

By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Counseling and working a 12 step program are not the same thing.  Counseling may involve going over things that you have learned in a 12 step program to reinforce what you are learning and gaining in counseling or to clarify concepts that you may be experiencing some difficulty with understanding.  The skill development gained from 12 step programs should overlap and dovetail skills that you are gaining in counseling.  They are not really a duplication, but rather a reinforcement of each other.  You will gain different perspectives from each form of assistance.

Recovering people who are participating in 12 step recovery and counseling are offered an opportunity to use both resources to more fully understand addiction and recovery and to more quickly apply new living skills to their lives.  This shortened learning curve not only assists with being able to stop or prevent relapse in order to maintain their abstinence from chemicals over time, but to speed up the process of recovery, with all that that entails.  

Recovery, after all, is much more than stopping drinking/using.  Recovery is (at least) a return to health in the various areas of your life.  For many, if not most recovering people, recovery is actually the beginning of health. 


You Don’t Have To Drink Everyday to be Alcoholic

By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

I hear it every day.  People seeking help for a variety of emotional, mental health, or relationship issues often overlook the roles that alcohol is playing in their current difficulties.  They often have some pre-conceived notion that you have to drink every day, drink throughout the day, or consume vast quantities of alcohol, to have a drinking problem.

Many of the people that discover that they are in fact, alcoholic, or that they do in fact, have an alcohol use disorder, describe themselves as a social drinker, a periodic drinker, or maybe even a binge drinker.  Drinking is causing problems in their lives, but defense mechanisms allow them to explain those problems away and not see the impact of the drinking.  To read the rest of this article, follow this link:  You Don't Have To Drink Everyday to be Alcoholic

Befriending Middle Ground in Sustained Recovery from Addiction

By Peggy L. Ferguson, Ph.D.

Early recovery is spent in trying to interrupt the momentum of the addiction to achieve sustained abstinence. Most of the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual energy is spent on that goal. In sustained recovery, the recovering person is now able to use more of their energy not only cleaning up the debris from their addiction, but being able to consciously move toward being the person that they have wanted to be. Some of the tasks of sustained recovery involve developing balance in one's life, and changing up old, dysfunctional behavior patterns. Many dysfunctional behavior patterns are based on a fabric of cognitive distortions. Much of the cognitive distortions that plague alcoholics and addicts originate in their families of origin.  To read the rest of this article, follow this lilnk:  New:  Befriending Middle Ground in Sustained Recovery

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